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Great taste and refreshing
Just wanted to add that in Greece at least no Tzatziki is without the garlic ;-) so cucumbers, yoghurt, oil and garlic ;-)
I forgot to mention the name of this dish in India. It is known by the name “Cucumber Raita” or “kakdi chi Koshimbir”.Fresh cilantro sprinkled on the top adds up to the taste and gives nice garnishing effect.
This dish with a slight variation is very common in India with a different name though. I would like to share that variation , you can give it a try. Cut the cucumber into small pieces add yogurt to it and a pinch of sugar and salt to taste. Take a small pan and pour some oil in it add Cumin seeds then a pinch of asafoetida and a small green chilly ( remove the seeds) put this on that cucumber yogurt mixture.
I make a variation of this as well. I use the greek yogurt, but also add a tablespoon of mayonaise to the dressing, a dash of garlic salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. I use a mandolin to slice the cucumbers thin and also slice some red onion the same way. I put the cucumbers in layers in a bowl and salt each layer to help draw out the water. I sprinkle with a little white vinegar each time as well. (The vinegar seems to help take some of the edge off of the red onion) I let this sit for about an hour and then drain for about a half hour. This salad is a favorite in our house and I make it at least once a week.
You can also cut the cucumber into smaller pieces and add a little bit more of yogurt. This would give it an amazing taste with rice also.
This looks wonderful for summer. I make a similar salad but always grate the cucumbers first. I also tend to use greek or strained yogurt instead of plain. The combination is fantastic!
Have made this many times throwing something together at the last minute, but make it with sour cream instead of yogurt which I ususally have on hand. Very tasty. Don’t overdo with the dill, add a little and then taste.
Just made this for lunch, and using some suggestions from other posters, I added thinly sliced red onion, a splash of red wine vinegar, added some lemon juice, and a crushed clove of garlic. Along with salt and pepper to taste, of course. I had some leftover chicken cutlet, chopped it up, put in in there, then toasted a pita pocket and cut that up for dipping. Great lunch. Thanks for the ideas!!
So, I accidentally bought the vanilla yogurt(it was in the wrong section lol) and I put it all together regardless, and it tasted pretty good actually. It was sweet, and then I put some salt in it and pepper to counteract the vanilla, and it was so good. It was interesting. I might make it with vanilla from now on haha.
Thanks for posting this though, wonderful once again.
Hah! I’ve made that mistake before, made a beef stroganoff with vanilla yogurt. It was sweet, but it worked. The kids for whom I was cooking scarfed it up. ~Elise
All sounds so good, like the taste of summer. Makes me feel like a child again. Has anyone made their salads with mayo? 1-2 cukes, you scrape the seeds, add 2-3T balsamic vinegar, and mayo just to coat. What a treat. Enjoy. Salt to taste of course. Enjoy your summer.
I make a mayo balsamic dip for artichokes which I really love, I could see something similar with cucumbers. ~Elise
Great recipe. Made this in 5 minutes. A dash of white rice vinegar made the dish pop and a squeeze of lime as well.
Looks really good. try taking about 1.25-1.5 C of the yogurt, put it in a tea towel and hang it over a bowl in the fridge over night. the water in the yogurt comes out giving you a tangier, thicker yogurt. then mix it with the cucumber, dill and s and p.
This is very similar to a typical Estonian cucumber salad, the only difference being that we only use sour cream and never yogurt. Very popular during summer!! (It’s fun going through your archives:)
My aunt makes the best cucumber salad. she adds some sour cream to the yogurt mixture to cut the tartness. It is very delicious.
How long can this keep before it gets soggy? Could I make it the night before to eat for lunch?
I recently discovered ‘Tarator’ a cold bulgarian soup with cucumbers and yogurt while writing a post on cold soups.
Here is the link
Have a good week-end
This was a perfect compliment to salmon with dill!
I tried this last night. It was so good. I love recipes like this that are so simple but taste and look more complicated.
This would also go well with the addition of golden raisins and walnuts! Beautiful picture, by the way!